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October 24, 2010

Welcome to the University of Minnesota


Dear University of Minnesota Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Every university campus experiences a particular energy at the beginning of the new academic year, an energy I first noticed as an undergraduate and have felt each of my 42 years at the University of Minnesota. Amid the bustle of returning students, the excitement of first-year students getting to know the campus and each other, and the changing of seasons from summer to fall, there is a distinct undercurrent of possibility: the feeling that each day holds tremendous potential, and that the next class, the next chapter, the next person we meet might just change everything.

I believe it is the same no matter which campus of the University of Minnesota we call home. Each of our campuses has a unique role in the University, just as the University as a whole plays an essential role in the future of our state--but regardless of our course of study, our area of research, or our particular role in delivering on the University's mission, the spirit of discovery is pervasive. Hold on to that spirit throughout your college days and beyond, and it will broaden your horizons, inform your actions, and energize your work.

To that end, I want to share with you a brief video that I believe captures the essence of the University's mission and public purpose. I hope you'll take a few minutes to be inspired by the realization that we are all part of a truly great university!

Welcome to the Fall 2010 semester at the University of Minnesota.

Sincerely,

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Robert H. Bruininks
President

October 22, 2010

Venue Changed for President Obama's Visit


To the University Community:

Minnesotans are no strangers to inclement weather--thus it is with typical Midwestern resolve that we are quickly adjusting to a weather-related change of venue for President Barack Obama's public remarks on Saturday. Due to the high probability of rain in the forecast, the President will speak indoors at the University Field House.

The latest information about the President's visit can be found online. As I've said previously, this is a rare opportunity for our campus and community--thank you for your flexibility and patience.

Sincerely,

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Robert H. Bruininks
President


October 21, 2010

President Obama's Visit to the Twin Cities Campus


Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

As you have likely heard by now, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities will host a visit by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, this Saturday afternoon. It is a rare privilege to welcome President Obama to our campus--in fact, only three sitting presidents and one former president have visited the University in more than 150 years--and we are honored that the White House has chosen beautiful Northrop Mall as the site for the president's public remarks. This is a great opportunity to showcase the state's research and land-grant university, and for Minnesotans, regardless of political persuasion, to see and hear the President firsthand.

That said, while this is not a University event, it will certainly impact campus life this weekend. I realize we are hosting a number of events on Saturday, including a home football game, and a visit of this magnitude poses logistical challenges for all who live, work, and visit this community. Information on preparations for Saturday and the event itself can be found online. Please refer to this site for the latest information on the President's visit, and have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

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Robert H. Bruininks
President

October 15, 2010

Sexual Violence Is Unacceptable


The recent allegations of sexual assault in the University community underscore both the awful impact of these actions on the victims and the responsibility we share for ensuring the safety of all our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. As president, I am deeply concerned and saddened by these reports, and my heart goes out to all who have experienced the physical and emotional impact of such violence. The University of Minnesota does not tolerate violence of any type anywhere on its campuses, and we will continue to take swift and decisive action, not only to investigate all such allegations, but also to provide support services to all those affected by sexual violence and make clear to everyone that sexual violence in any context is unacceptable.

We should acknowledge the existence of this problem in our culture -- but we should also acknowledge the programs already in place to address it. The University's Aurora Center provides support services and sexual and relationship violence education and prevention programs to all members of the University community. The Star Tribune recently highlighted the admirable efforts of a student group called Men Against Gender Violence, which seeks to communicate that most men do not participate in sexual violence, to confront those who do, and to address the behaviors that may passively condone or encourage sexual violence.

In light of the events over the past three weeks, please take a moment to visit our Safe U website and review the actions you can take to help keep yourself, and our campus, safe. I want to personally thank all survivors of sexual violence who have exhibited incredible courage and reported their assaults. To them, and to the entire community, I extend my ongoing commitment to providing the utmost in support services, and a safe and secure community for all who live, work, and study here at the University of Minnesota. I hope each of you will join me in this effort.

Sincerely,

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Robert H. Bruininks
President